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Standards [VINYL]

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Vinyl (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000056Q2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,263,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Abandoning tonal purity and stuctural simplicity as seen in previous works, Tortoise here appear freer in form and sound - more rawkus, raw, noisy and chaotic. learning from jazz again, they have tuned into the feel of live playing, the squelches and rips of rock. if you like tortoise, good jazz, fridge, if your tastes are beginning to change like Warp's obviosly have, you will find alot here to satisfy. it isn't the clenched melodic electronic perfection of TNT but it is the adventurism and instrumental exploration.
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The two minute long intro to the Seneca, the first track, is an overloaded freeform jam, somehow redolent of the Velvet Underground, but it breaks into a chilled reggae clunk, filled with Cuban clapping, scratches and glitchery. Giant powerchords slip into feedback over synthesized harpsichord almost giving the track the air of a late 80's sci-fi cartoon, just inspired by Manga or Tron but with cinematic space instead of ridiculous urgency. Next is Eros, building up out of electronics and cutups, almost introducing the classic Tortoise vibes, but easing into a fat tight groove littered with dark bloops and rasps. Almost like something you'd find on a Ninja Tunes Future Sound of Jazz compilation, a slinky groove peels back, revealing two harmonizing basses getting it on just under the surface. With its title the third track (Benway) put me in mind of the ubiquitous shapeshifting Burrough's character, but with its completely electronic feel it sounds more like Gary Numan than "post-rock". It breaks down into clicks and edgy static beats until the vibes arrive, backed up by the shuffling swing of live drums, in a lounge/avant garde jazz dovetail. Firefly touches around freejazz, almost monotonal sixteenths on guitar and bass flick like insects in front of the yawning synth pad until a latin drum pattern commences Six Pack, sounding like a direct reference to previous albums' tracks like Ry Cooder or Along the Banks of Rivers. A brief swish of synth and Eden 2 kicks in. A fat, intentional beat sharing the driver's seat with a low bass beast, suddenly subverted by an almost baroque clavinet.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
On this album Tortoise seem to have refined their sound and the overall impression is of a more disciplined and more muscular ensemble than on their previous release. The relatively short length (44 minutes) is a clue to this, and some of the self-indulgent streak they exhibited has been curbed. On the whole it also seems less like background music than some of TNT, for example '...iguazu falls'.
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I'd never heard of Tortoise. I just bought this album at random from a second-hand store several years ago, put it on the shelf and forgot about it.

BIG mistake!

Recently, while exploring the joys of my CD collection through a new set of headphones (Denon AH-D2000), I noticed "Standards" on the shelf. "I don't recall ever listening to that." I thought, "I wonder what it sounds like?"

People who know this album know what happened next. I'm not talking to them. I'm talking to you other folks. Who knows why you're on this page? Maybe someone sent you here, or maybe, like me several years ago in that record shop, you've just noticed this album at random and are thinking "Well...?"

Well, simply put, "Standards" is a transcendent expression of the art of modern music-making. It is sound shaped in ways you've never heard. It is music (oh MY is it music!) but reminiscent of nothing, not even Tortoise. Most of all, it is an aural experience well worth trying. If you don't enjoy it, fair enough, one more CD for the shelf. But if you do enjoy it, it's likely to blow you away and put you back together differently. It's THAT good.
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